Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Three stages of the Midland Highway open to motorists

Media Release


06 July 2017

Joint release with:

Senator Jonathon Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

  • Three major stages of the 10 year Midland Highway Action Plan now open to motorists
  • Safety improvements delivered for the key north south freight routes
  • The Australian Government invested $400 million and Tasmanian Government $100 million towards the Midland Highway Upgrade

Three stages along the Midland Highway between Kempton to Melton Mowbray and Mangalore to Bagdad were officially opened to motorists today.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was investing $75 billion in infrastructure nationwide to keep our cities moving and deliver a safer road network.

“The Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan will improve safety on Tasmania’s key north south freight and passenger route and improve road safety,” Mr Chester said.

“The three projects completed at a total cost of $34.7 million are Kempton to Melton Mowbray Stage 1 and 2, and Mangalore to Bagdad Stage 1—bringing the total number of projects completed under the plan to 10, and the total distance of highway upgraded to 25 kilometres or 17 per cent of the entire project.”

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said Mangalore to Bagdad Stage 1 had improved safety for all motorists travelling through the township of Bagdad.

“The Kempton to Melton Mowbray Stage 1 and 2 projects have improved the approximately 10 kilometre section of highway between the southern entrance to Kempton and the Highland Lakes Road turnoff at Melton Mowbray,” Senator Duniam said.

“The works included construction of new overtaking lanes both north and southbound, creation of safer turning facilities and installation of flexible safety barriers to separate opposing traffic.

“The Midland Highway Upgrade is already having a positive impact for motorists with reduced travel times and improved traffic flows.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said it was yet another example of the successful partnership between the Australian and Tasmanian governments that was creating jobs and improving Tasmania’s road infrastructure.

“More than $84 million worth of projects are currently under construction, including the Perth to Breadalbane duplication ($44 million), White Lagoon to Mona Vale ($23 million), Symmons Plain and south of Perth ($17 million),” Mr Hidding said.

“These works are not only resulting in increased safety for motorists, they are creating jobs for Tasmanians with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses.

“I would like to commend the many thousands of travellers for their patience during these important works over the last 17 months.”

The Australian Government is contributing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government $100 million to upgrade the Midland Highway.